Family Weekend

September 12, 2012 in Community, Events, Recreation

Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is beautiful at this time of year: the weather is gorgeous, students are back on campus, and the leaves will soon begin to change. One of the best parts about being a Michigan Tech parent is having the opportunity to visit the Keweenaw and experience all of these changes at Michigan Tech’s Family Weekend, scheduled to be held October 12-14. Family Weekend is a tradition that provides parents with an opportunity to spend time with their student while exploring Michigan Tech and the local community.

Registration

If you are visiting Michigan Tech for Family Weekend, you should register online at the COMPASS registration page. This ensures that COMPASS will have everything ready for you when you arrive on campus. On the registration page, you may sign up to  attend any events that interest you (keep in mind that events/activities fill up quickly).

Events to attend

Family Weekend offers many great activities to take part in. There are opportunities to explore the outdoors, learn about the history of the local area, and much more. If you have a strong interest in exploring, you and your student could go hiking to a waterfall, take a boat cruise along the Keweenaw, try out the high ropes course, or canoe on the Sturgeon River. There are so many options—something for every family!

You can find a complete listing of all the activities being offered on the Family Weekend website. However, I will highlight a few of the activities that may be of interest.

Friday, October 12

2011 Cardboard Boat Races

Portage Lake sunset cruise: Board the Isle Royale Queen for a scenic cruise along the Portage Lake shoreline.

Family Weekend movie: Sit back, relax, and enjoy a family-friendly movie with your student!

Quincy Mine tour: See first-hand the equipment and workings of this once bustling copper mine, which is the home of the world’s largest steam hoist!

Cardboard boat races: Watch Michigan Tech students make a voyage aboard a cardboard boat! This event always proves entertaining to watch.

Saturday, October 13

Smelter tour: Take a tour of the most complete early 20th-century copper smelting site in the world!

Chairlift color tour: Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and campus from the top of Mont Ripley.

Portage Lake sunset cruise: Board the Isle Royale Queen for a scenic cruise along the Portage Lake shoreline.

Glow bowling: Join us for some old-fashioned fun at Michigan Tech’s bowling alley. Bowl under the glow of black lights with music and refreshments.

Sunday, October 14

Hungarian Falls hike: This is truly a beautiful site! Don’t miss the breathtaking views of waterfalls and wilderness on a hike at Hungarian Falls.

Keweenaw brunch: End your weekend with a delicious Sunday brunch.

Chairlift color tour: Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and campus from the top of Mont Ripley.

There are so many wonderful activities being offered for Family Weekend! Be sure to check out the full listing of events on the Family Weekend website. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy  Family Weekend 2012 and experience all that the Keweenaw has to offer. There really is something for all families and it is a great time to see your student, as well as to check out the fall colors. If you have any questions or comments about Family Weekend, feel free to comment on this post or contact COMPASS at 906-487-3558 (open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the week) or email familyweekend@mtu.edu.

-Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu

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